WC, TOS, I got diagnosed at UCLA by MRI

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Posted by michelesnell on October 28, 2000 at 00:27:06:

In Reply to: WC & Thoracic Outlet Syndrome posted by M.L. on June 20, 1999 at 02:37:28:

Hi there. I too have bilateral TOS as a result of a work injury? I am getting ready to go before a Work Comp review board. It is clear that my symptoms began with work and repetitive motion, and I think this qualifies as a valid case. You don't need to have an extra rib to have TOS. I saw the specialists at UCLA neurology and vascular surgery and had a special MRI done by Dr. James Collins. My QME did an MRI and those came back normal and noone knew how to treat me for almost three years now. The QME even ruled out TOS. The new MRI from UCLA clearly shows the problem and I think it is called TOS with costoclavicular compression?? Anyway, if I were you I would fight till the end. If your worked caused the problem I don't think it matters if you have a congenital problem or even a predisposition to possibly get the symptoms. Good luck. I'll will try to visit the forum periodically. I am so happy that I went to UCLA, now I will hopefully get the right physical therapy. They mentioned a procedure called a scalene block and possible surgery if the symptoms absolutely won't go away and the damage gets worse. I had fibrosis/scar tissue and compensation of blood vessels on the left side. I used to have only right sided symptoms, but became bilateral over time without the right treatment. I really hope you find a good doctor with a good MRI procedure. Take care, Michele

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